Hi Fellow Eco Traveller,
This is a site about worldwide ecolodges and ecotravel. I started it several years ago to share knowledge of wonderful locations I’ve visited on my own travels and other great places.
A Different Approach to Easy, Affordable Nature Trips and Vacations
As a trained travel advisor and avid naturalist I can’t get over how expensive it is to take the brand name nature trips. I know they are good programs, but for many people they are simply not on the table. So I take a different approach.
Unbundled Services Can Save You Money and Make a Really Personalised Trip
I worked for years planning tours as a tour operator. Group tours are great but they don’t suit everyone, at least the way they are configured.
For people wanting nature based trips in particular the big tours never seem to get exactly what you want. For me its always a mix of nature, food, photography, meeting real local people and learning about different environmentally based projects. It might be a bit different for you. No preset group tour really does what I want. So, as a trained travel planner, it occurred to me to do two things:
- Unbundle trips and let people focus on the parts people want to pre-plan so they don’t miss the really important bits and;
- Leave unstructured time for personal pursuits and self exploration.
By decoupling the costs of a full-time guide, driver, bus, plus reducing the overhead and administration expenses, I can help you have the experience you look for at a much more sensible price.
Ecolodges Are The Perfect Solution
Ecolodges are not just places to sleep and eat. They are the hubs to explore regions and locales. In fact many ecolodges are the destinations because they feature something the owners have found to be worth saving or regenerating: a great wetland, a clay lick, access to a wildlife area, research projects, a sea shore, an endangered plant, animal or ecosystem, etc.
This site has three main subject areas.
The first describes the the different types of ecolodges. This is important so you don’t get the wrong impression of what the ecolodge is like. Some are very casual and simple camps, some are rural or near communities, some are quite luxurious.
The second subject area has informational blog posts to give background knowledge about certain destinations and ecolodges.
The third are Featured Ecolodge Trips. This list is not exhaustive and it does change from time to time. These are places are noted because they are distinguished in some way. Great birding, great photography, great location from which to explore and experience, or they are just beautiful places to sink into and let the whole experience wash over you.
These suggested itineraries have been developed by local people and companies to help you get around in an organised fashion. They are not fixed dates or routes. They can modified. If you would like a price to take the tour as laid out or modifed you can contact me.
There are many ecolodges off the beaten track and not a few that are somewhat remote and difficult to get to. Travel to foreign countries can be complicated possibly requiring visas, travel insurance and permits, not to mention language barriers, health considerations, diet and mobility challenges.
I do not recommend to make reservations using any online travel agency. They take a large commission from the local businesses and it never gets returned into the area, which is rather counter to the idea of ecotourism. They are also difficult (and in my experiences almost impossible) to deal with if you have any kind of glitch or problem.
For ecolodges, small locally owned remote and privately run accommodations in general it seems easy to use an OTA up front but it can a real problem later on since there is is no after sale service to speak of. Read this educational article I have written and published on tourworld.ca.
I recommend that you contact me for assistance in the logistics and minimal stress. I offer a full range of travel services including air and land travel programs as an independent travel owner advisor with Flight Centre Travel Group. Use form below to email me.
I continue to travel when I can and post all kinds of new information about worldwide ecolodges, events, workshops, programs or tours that I or my friends and colleagues are offering.
In the meantime, checkout the progress on our own natural building project below.